Are you a fan of the Star Wars franchise? Do you want to know when each movie was released?
Look no further! Here is a list of all the Star Wars movies in order of release date:
1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was the first movie released in the franchise. It hit theaters in May 1977 and instantly became a cultural phenomenon.
The movie introduced us to characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. It tells the story of a group of rebels trying to overthrow the evil Empire, led by Darth Vader.
2. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back was released in May 1980 and is considered by many to be the best movie in the Star Wars franchise.
The movie sees our heroes facing new challenges and the introduction of new characters such as Yoda and Lando Calrissian. The ending also left fans on a cliffhanger, eagerly awaiting the next installment.
3. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi, which was released in May 1983, marked the end of what is now known as the original trilogy. It wrapped up many loose ends from previous movies while introducing new elements such as Ewoks and Jabba the Hutt.
4. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Phantom Menace was released in May 1999 and marked a return to the Star Wars universe after a 16-year hiatus.
Set before A New Hope, the prequel trilogy introduces us to a young Anakin Skywalker and tells the story of how he becomes Darth Vader.
5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Attack of the Clones was released in May 2002 and continued the story of Anakin Skywalker as he grows closer to the dark side. The movie also introduced us to new characters such as Count Dooku and Jango Fett.
6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Revenge of the Sith, which was released in May 2005, marked the end of the prequel trilogy and showed Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side. The movie also wrapped up loose ends from previous movies and set up events for A New Hope.
7. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
The Force Awakens, which was released in December 2015, marked a return to the Star Wars universe after a ten-year hiatus. Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it introduced us to new characters such as Rey and Finn while also bringing back old favorites such as Han Solo and Princess Leia.
8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rogue One, which was released in December 2016, is not part of any trilogy but instead serves as a standalone movie set just before A New Hope. It tells the story of how rebels obtain plans for the Death Star, setting up events for A New Hope.
9. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
The Last Jedi, which was released in December 2017, picks up right where The Force Awakens left off. It continues the story of Rey and Finn while also introducing new characters such as Rose Tico.
10. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Solo, which was released in May 2018, is another standalone movie that explores the early life of Han Solo. It introduces us to new characters such as Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian while also showing us how Han became the smuggler we all know and love.
11. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
The Rise of Skywalker, which was released in December 2019, marked the end of the sequel trilogy and wrapped up loose ends from previous movies. It also introduced us to new characters such as Zorii Bliss and showed us the final battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
- So there you have it, a comprehensive list of when each Star Wars movie was released!
- Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the franchise, these movies are sure to provide hours of entertainment.
May the force be with you!